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Are you reading this article on a slow Monday morning, wondering how you will make it through yet another long work week? Even if we love our jobs, there are always moments where you wonder what will life be like after work? Well, you should take a look at these cities in North Carolina for retirement.
Retirement is a time in life when you can pursue your hobbies in greater depth. For example, you open a small bike shop in Boone as a hobby or you can bike on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Or how about taking out that old DSLR camera you've always wanted to master and use it to create breathtaking landscape shots in Asheville? If those scenarios seem appealing to you, then perhaps moving to North Carolina for retirement would be a great option for you.
North Carolina has the best of everything: great weather, access to beaches and mountains, affordability, and great community involvement. But where in North Carolina is the best to retire? We crunched the numbers to determine the places that offer retirees safety, affordability, and things to do. It's the kind of criteria you can count on -- this is the sixth time we've ranked the best places to retire in the Tarheel State. And many of these places appear on our other lists of best places for families and safest cities in North Carolina -- they are just overall good places to call home.
So if you're looking for a place to settle down for good, grab a biscuit, a good cup of coffee, and read on.
We analyzed 50 cities to determine the top ten best cities using retirement factors like safety, affordability, and access to fun stuff. The best place to retire in North Carolina? Congratulations Smithfield!
Smithfield is a small town sandwiched between Charlotte, Statesville, and Black Mountain in North Carolina that is perfect for any retiree. You can spend weekends swimming Lake Norman or camping in the mountains.
North Carolina is a state that constantly comes up on lists about great places to live in the U.S., so why not move here for retirement? Keep reading to learn more about our methodology and to see why each city is perfect for retirement.
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The 10 Best Places To Retire In North Carolina For 2020
Where's the best city to retire in North Carolina? That would be Newton. Surprised?
Newton moved up 22 spots to clinch the number one best place to retire in North Carolina for 2019. They scored off the snackabiilty chart in terms of amenities and commute times.
They have an airport within 35 miles and they have boatloads of activities that retired people like to do: like golf and tennis.
Newton also has a Super Walmart; so if you only want to semi-retire, you can get a job as a greeter.
Factor in low crime and lots of friendly people, and you've got one heck of a place to call home.
Eden comes in as the 6th best city to retire to in North Carolina for 2019. While there are tons of places in North Carolina that seem like they are in the middle of nowhere, you won't feel that way here.
Eden's average rent is doable and you can be on a plane to anywhere in less than an hour.
However, you probably won't feel the need to travel much after you retire here, Eden is located on the border of North Carolina and Virginia. You will have two states to explore. That sounds like the best of every retiree's world to us.
Where's the third best city to retire to in North Carolina? You might be surprised to hear it, but it's Lenoir.
Not only is Lenoir one of the most beautiful cities in the state, it's close to the Blue Ridge Mountains. And mountains mean more hiking, biking, and just good 'ol fashioned scenic drives when you need to get out and about on a retiree's budget. #Score
And, if you want to get away to a bigger city, it's easy. Yeah, people in Lenoir have it made.
With over 20 golf courses in and around Southern Pines, this is every golf enthusiasts mecca. And if we know anything about retirees, they love to play golf.
We also know these golf clubs provide ample opportunities for retirees to explore activities like tennis, swim aerobics, bridge club.you get the picture.
Heck with all of these clubs at your disposal, 'lunch with the ladies' will have a whole new meaning if you move to this city in Moore County.
Did we mention there's an Amtrak Station in downtown Southern Pines? Forget the need for an airport. Hopping on a train instead of the hustle and bustle of an overcrowded airport is not only convenient, it's first class. #YouDeserveIt
Our fourth best city to retire to in North Carolina for 2019 is Albemarle.
Albemarle can be really really really exciting for a retiree. It's located between the Uwharrie National Forest and Charlotte. You can take a hike and visit the Queen's City all in the same day.
Albemarle crushed our snackability scale in three categories. This Stanley County city has a boatload of stuff for retirees to do, it's very diverse, and it's easy to get around.
How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Tar Heel State for 2020
To create our list of the best places in North Carolina to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Tar Heel State -- 736 cities and towns.
We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 50 places from across the state.
- Low cost of living as measured by rent
- Low crime
- Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
- Nice weather
- Distance to the closest international airport
- Other retirees (High median age)
We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 50, with the lowest number being the best.
Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Smithfield, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.
Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In North Carolina Yet...
So there you have it, the best place to retire in North Carolina goes to Smithfield.
If you're not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:
- Hope Mills
- High Point
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- Safest Cities in North Carolina